Dare to be lonely

“Your own reality—for yourself, not for others.” Thinking for yourself means finding yourself, finding your own reality. Here’s the other problem with Facebook and Twitter and even The New York Times. When you expose yourself to those things, especially in the constant way that people do now—older people as well as younger people—you are continuouslyContinue reading “Dare to be lonely”

Get in the arena & embrace vulnerability

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; .Continue reading “Get in the arena & embrace vulnerability”

Kijk uit wie je op de troon zet

De dictator van Equatoriaal-Guinea, Teodoro Obiag Nguema Mlbasogo, woont in een paleis met 100 kamers vol Renaissancekunst terwijl twee derde van zijn volk honger lijdt, Fidel Castro is vooral bezig met hoe hij en zijn geweer op de foto komen en ook Johan Cruijff valt uiteindelijk in de valkuil van macht: over het randje gaan,Continue reading “Kijk uit wie je op de troon zet”

How to change our habits?

Being addicted to gambling, murdering your wife and obsessive nail-biting have something in common: they all can be prevented by replacing bad habits with good ones. The simple, but essential insight from this book is that one has to see the habit to be able to change it. This goes for individuals, organizations and societies.Continue reading “How to change our habits?”

Politieke onrust en de heuvels van Ohrid

Ik ben een week in zuidwest Macedonië voor de eerste editie van ons initiatief Fronterra. Een van de belangrijke elementen van het Fronterra concept is gezamenlijk eten. Overal ter wereld werkt eten als sociaal smeermiddel. Dat doen wij op relatief kleine schaal, aan tafels met zo’n honderd mensen. De Europese Unie en Macedonië zijn ookContinue reading “Politieke onrust en de heuvels van Ohrid”

Social start-ups in Macedonië

Zelfs in de mist is het meer van Ohrid prachtig. Het is mei en dus nog rustig, het toeristenseizoen in Macedonië moet nog beginnen. Corendon vliegt dagelijks rechtstreeks van Amsterdam naar Ohrid en zal de frequentie in de zomermaanden opvoeren. In juli zullen de restaurantjes en cafés ongetwijfeld meer clientèle hebben. Naast een goedkope zonbestemmingContinue reading “Social start-ups in Macedonië”

Incompetent, yet the leader

We keep cultivating this mythical image of a strong leader. It’s time for some nuance. A good start would be to make way for women. Men tend to think that they are smarter than women – and this confidence takes them to the top. Yet this hubris says nothing about their real talent for leadershipContinue reading “Incompetent, yet the leader”

What makes a good life?

This unique 75-year long Harvard research followed more than 700 men from teenager to old age, with one simple goal; to understand what makes them happy and healthy.The short answer is: good relationships keep us happier and healthier. Three lessons can be drawn: 1) social connections ensure a longer life, healthier life. 2) it’s notContinue reading “What makes a good life?”

Superforecasting – Philip Tetlock (2015)

Most important take-away: don’t take ‘experts’ too seriously, especially not the famous ones. They are very prone to looking at the world through the lens of a so-called hedgehog: there is only one truth and reality has to adapt to it. Tetlock has even demonstrated an inversed correlation between fame and accuracy. The more famousContinue reading “Superforecasting – Philip Tetlock (2015)”

Magie in al je communicatie – Bas Mouton (2015)

A self-help book that promises magic in all our communication by getting rid of the well known tricks (where to put your hands, how to capture the audience with your eyes etc), and have the guts to show yourself and convey a genuine message. Bas Mouton has formulated 9 rules, ranging from “give compliments toContinue reading “Magie in al je communicatie – Bas Mouton (2015)”

Simple Rules – D. Sull and K. Eisenhardt (2015)

Simplification is not necessarily a form of stupidity – it can be a form of intelligence. Even of brilliance. Simple rules are, simply put, rules of thumb. And simple rules are applicable to almost every area. They do three things very well: Confer flexibility to pursue new opportunities while maintaining some consistency Can produce betterContinue reading “Simple Rules – D. Sull and K. Eisenhardt (2015)”

Essentialism, the disciplined pursuit of less – Greg McKeown (2014)

Without bringing surprising new insights, this books makes a compelling case for achieving more by doing less. ‘Less but better’, clarity and focus as guiding principles for a good life. A real ‘essentialist’ knows to set priorities, to say ‘no’ more than he says ‘yes’ – in order to perform better, to have more impact inContinue reading “Essentialism, the disciplined pursuit of less – Greg McKeown (2014)”

En nu laat ik mijn baard staan – Leen Zevenbergen (2007)

I had expected more insights and surprising lessons from the Dutch management book of the year 2007. The book stresses the importance of creativity, inspiration and how to have more fun in your job as manager and leader, by breaking through the barriers set by big corporates, the with-coming expectations and the limitations of workingContinue reading “En nu laat ik mijn baard staan – Leen Zevenbergen (2007)”

Good to Great – Jim Collins (2001)

With millions of copies sold this management classic has taught managers all over the world how to run their business and how to go from a good to a great company. There are some really valuable concepts in it (as the hedgehog principle and type-5 leaders), but reading it a decade and a half after publicationContinue reading “Good to Great – Jim Collins (2001)”